Life of Sir Roderick I. Murchison: Based on His Journals and Letters

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 2, 2011 - Science - 412 pages
Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792-1871) was an influential Scottish geologist best known for his classification of Palaeozoic rocks into the Silurian system. After early military experience in the Peninsular War, he resigned his commission; a chance meeting with Sir Humphrey Davy led him subsequently to pursue a scientific career. The Silurian System, published in 1839, was a highly influential study, which established the oldest contemporary classification of fossil-bearing strata. Murchison was appointed President of the Royal Geographical Society in 1843. These volumes, first published in 1875, use information taken from Murchison's private journals and correspondence. Archibald Geikie (1835-1924) provides a detailed account of his mentor's life and work in the context of geology as a developing science in the early nineteenth century, and provides a fascinating insight into the life and work of this eminent Victorian geologist. Volume 2 describes his later life, from 1843 to 1871.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
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43
CHAPTER XIX
68
CHAPTER XX
98
CHAPTER XXI
122
CHAPTER XXII
170
CHAPTER XXIII
198
THE FOUNDATIONSTONES OF BRITAIN
212
CHAPTER XXV
240
CHAPTER XXVI
258
CHAPTER XXVII
290
CHAPTER XXVIII
307
THE CLOSE
331
LIST OF SIR RODERICK MURCHISONS PUBLISHED WRITINGS
353
INDEX
370
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